Huskies run out of Eugene

The Washington team bus was late to Matthew Knight Arena for pre-game warm-ups due to a traffic accident in Eugene on Thursday. Whether or not that was the reason for the lack of effort is up for debate; however the Huskies seemed disinterested the entire night – an effort comparable to the St. Louis and South Dakota State games.

After allowing only 41 points all game to USC just five days ago, the Dawgs gave up 49 to Oregon in the first half. The damage through one half of play was already done as the Huskies went on to lose 82-57.

"From the opening tip, we were dominated by them," said Head Coach Lorenzo Roamr. "We have to make sure that doesn't happen again Sunday (against Oregon State)."

As a Husky fan watching this game you had to know it wasn't going to go the way of the Dawgs after allowing a 12-2 run to open the game, the first eight coming from three back-to-back-to-back Garrett Sim baskets. Washington tried to withstand the opening punch from the upstart Ducks, only to allow a 13-0 run later in the first half which ultimately sealed their fate.

Oregon got whatever they wanted on offense, shooting 55 percent from the floor on the night.

"They ran the same offense the last time we played them," stated Romar. "We understood exactly what they were doing."

Perhaps the coaches knew exactly what Oregon was doing - however the players had no answer for the combination of Carlos Emory, Devoe Joseph, Garrett Sim, and E.J. Singler, as they combined for 55 of Oregon's 82 points.

When Washington is out of sync on defense, at the very least they can turn the game into a shootout with their offensive firepower. But Thursday was not one of those nights. Tony Wroten, Terrence Ross, Abdul Gaddy, and C.J. Wilcox - who normally shoot 44 percent as a group - shot a combined 13-43 (33 percent), and only Wilcox was able to connect from long range as the team went 2-16 from behind the three-point line.

"I didn't see us falling flat on our face and doing such a poor job of executing tonight," said Romar. "I knew this was going to be a hard game, and the week leading into this game I said we haven't arrived at all. We're not in a rhythm at all. And the missed shots, the missed layups, the wide-open missed jumpers that we had…that wasn't the issue tonight.

"The issue was, we were negligent on the defensive end, and they made us pay for it."

So where do the Huskies go from here? After such a promising five-game stretch, including a sweep on the road of the Arizona schools, the UW winning streak came to a screeching halt. To keep pace with Cal for the Pac-12 lead it will be important for the Dawgs to move on quickly.

"It's a tough one, but we can't lull on it," said star guard, Tony Wroten. "We've got a good Oregon State team soon, so we just have to move on."

Romar agreed. "We've got to rally up; we've got to band together, he said. "You can't point the finger. You can't do all that – you have to stay together, rally up and come back and play again. Like I said, three weeks from now if we bounce back, we'll look back at this as a bad exam, throw it out. I just hope this doesn't cost us anything in terms of post-season."

Points: Wroten 14, Wilcox 10, Ross 8, Simmons 7, N'Diaye 6, Gant 4, Kemp 4, Breunig 2, Gaddy 2
Rebounds: Simmons 8, Wilcox 6, Ross 5, N'Diaye 4, TEAM 4, Wroten 3, Breunig 2, Gaddy 2, Gant 2, Kemp 1, Seferian-Jenkins 1
Assists: Wroten 4, Gaddy 1, N'Diaye 1, Wilcox 1
Blocks: None
Steals: Wroten 4, N'Diaye 2, Simmons 1, Wilcox 1 Top Stories